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Leisure Vans Sprinter camper brings smart home convenience and work-from-anywhere flexibility

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Whether working from the road or traveling on part/full-time vacation, the Leisure Travel Vans Unity RL looks like a very capable, comfortable option for two+ people
Whether working from the road or traveling on part/full-time vacation, the Leisure Travel Vans Unity RL looks like a very capable, comfortable option for two+ people
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The removable swivel table turns the Leisure Travel Vans Unity RL into a very comfortable remote office; moreover, the safe is designed to lock away a 17-in laptop
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The removable swivel table turns the Leisure Travel Vans Unity RL into a very comfortable remote office; moreover, the safe is designed to lock away a 17-in laptop
A look at the countertop extension on the L-shaped kitchen
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A look at the countertop extension on the L-shaped kitchen
The sectional sofa includes a pair of reclining seats/footrests for more comfort
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The sectional sofa includes a pair of reclining seats/footrests for more comfort
The shower compartment is across the hall from the toilet room
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The shower compartment is across the hall from the toilet room
Slide-out pantry in the kitchen
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Slide-out pantry in the kitchen
Two table mounts mean you can better accommodate two or four diners 
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Two table mounts mean you can better accommodate two or four diners 
Leisure Unity RL toilet room
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Leisure Unity RL toilet room
The rear lounge includes an extra window (three all together on the two sides) for more light and better views
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The rear lounge includes an extra window (three all together on the two sides) for more light and better views
The Murphy bed folds down to face the double-window wall, so be sure to park with that wall facing the best view
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The Murphy bed folds down to face the double-window wall, so be sure to park with that wall facing the best view
The diagonal TV/sound bar position lets campers view from the sofa or bed
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The diagonal TV/sound bar position lets campers view from the sofa or bed
A look back from the Leisure Unity RL dining area
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A look back from the Leisure Unity RL dining area
Leisure designed the Unity RL with grandparent/grandkid trips in mind, offering two passenger seats with belts, four dining seats and an optional front bed conversion
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Leisure designed the Unity RL with grandparent/grandkid trips in mind, offering two passenger seats with belts, four dining seats and an optional front bed conversion
The optional front convertible bed looks like it should sleep two children or one adult
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The optional front convertible bed looks like it should sleep two children or one adult
The Unity RL is based on the new 2019 Mercedes Sprinter and includes the 10.3-in nav/infotainment system with voice command
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The Unity RL is based on the new 2019 Mercedes Sprinter and includes the 10.3-in nav/infotainment system with voice command
Unity RL preorders are available now, and Leisure will begin deliveries this fall
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Unity RL preorders are available now, and Leisure will begin deliveries this fall
Leisure Travel Vans Unity RL floor plan
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Leisure Travel Vans Unity RL floor plan
The third-generation Sprinter brings a new face with sleeker headlamps, along with the latest technologies like active lane keeping assist
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The third-generation Sprinter brings a new face with sleeker headlamps, along with the latest technologies like active lane keeping assist
Whether working from the road or traveling on part/full-time vacation, the Leisure Travel Vans Unity RL looks like a very capable, comfortable option for two+ people
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Whether working from the road or traveling on part/full-time vacation, the Leisure Travel Vans Unity RL looks like a very capable, comfortable option for two+ people
The all-new Dometic IoT Solution brings streamlined, smart home-style control to the Unity RL
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The all-new Dometic IoT Solution brings streamlined, smart home-style control to the Unity RL

The third-gen Mercedes Sprinter is officially a fixture of the American RV industry. RVX served as the debut venue for new-Sprinter camper vans, like the Winnebago Boldt, and larger Type C motorhomes, like the all-new Leisure Travel Vans Unity RL. Not only does Leisure's new plus-sized camper van bring the latest in auto technology and design, it further innovates with a split-cabin layout, mobile workstation for digital nomads, and all-new smart home-style control system. It's no wonder it was voted the best RV for "city escapes" — it lets you work on the road for an afternoon or make it a lifestyle.

While existing Unity motorhomes are still riding on the outgoing second-gen Sprinter, the new 25-foot (7.6-m) RL celebrates leaps ahead with a 2019 Sprinter 3500 cab chassis. The motorhome is a look of things to come, and it all starts with Mercedes' latest full-size van, which brings along an advanced tech suite with Distronic active distance assist, active lane-keeping assist and 10.3-in MBUX nav/infotainment system with voice control.

The sectional sofa includes a pair of reclining seats/footrests for more comfort
The sectional sofa includes a pair of reclining seats/footrests for more comfort

Leisure plants a multifunctional rear lounge floor plan atop that Sprinter chassis. Bathed in light from three generously sized windows to the sides, the rear lounge serves the role of productive mobile office, breezy day room, comfy TV room and restful bedroom. A 32-in TV and sound bar wall-mounted diagonally face the L-shaped sofa, which includes dual power recliners for extra comfort. The removable swivel table serves as a laptop desk or side table, depending upon your plans.

At night, the rear lounge converts to a bedroom by way of the space-saving 57 x 75-in (145 x 191-cm) Murphy bed hidden against the rear wall. The bed faces out to the dual windows standing nearly floor to ceiling, so with a little strategic parking, campers will wake up to gorgeous views. The TV is also positioned to be enjoyed from bed.

The Murphy bed folds down to face the double-window wall, so be sure to park with that wall facing the best view
The Murphy bed folds down to face the double-window wall, so be sure to park with that wall facing the best view

The extra size of a Type C motorhome over a Type B camper van is often put to use in creating a dry bath layout, and that's exactly what you'll find in the Unity RL. The passenger-side cabin ahead of the rear lounge houses a shower room, while the driver side hosts a toilet compartment with a curved-face door to optimize space.

The bathroom compartments also help to split the two living spaces, creating a neat division between rear lounge and front kitchen/dining area. At night, this division also lends more the feel of a proper rear master bedroom.

Looking at the photo below, the open shower room door effectively closes off the central corridor, separating the front and rear rooms completely, but it doesn't appear the door actually secures closed that way.

The shower compartment is across the hall from the toilet room
The shower compartment is across the hall from the toilet room

On the other side of the bathroom area division, the L-shaped kitchen has a sink at one end, a stove at the other and plenty of counter space between. A fold-down extension increases counter space even more. The refrigerator and microwave are located across from the kitchen block on the wall next to the shower room.

The Unity RL seats four around a removable, expandable pedestal table, but not with the common front-facing two-seat bench. Instead, it complements the swivel Sprinter cab seats with single seats extending from each sidewall. Add in the TV on the kitchen wall and you have a second lounge area good for entertainment, as well as dining. The four dining area seats also support a bed, for those who buy the optional conversion kit.

A look back from the Leisure Unity RL dining area
A look back from the Leisure Unity RL dining area

The front and rear living areas are tied together via the latest in smart (motor) home technology. Dometic's all-new IoT Solution system spreads six touchscreens throughout the Unity interior, providing full control of everything from lighting, to cabin temperature, to water system hardware, to awning. The system also provides monitoring of essentials like battery and water levels. The modular screen layout lets users access multiple functions at once, and the system also offers customization capability. Of course, there's also an app for accessing the system remotely via smartphone or tablet. An included wireless charger keeps those devices topped off.

Leisure hasn't added the RL to its rather comprehensive Unity specifications page just yet, so we don't have a full account of every standard feature and option, but we're sure those will be added, along with pricing information, before the Autumn 2019 (North America) roll-out. For reference, current Unity floor plans, built on 2nd-gen Mercedes Sprinters, wear base prices that range between US$132,805 and $140,540.

The Unity RL is available for preorder now, and you can get a quote from a local dealer at the very bottom of the product page linked below.

Source: Leisure Travel Vans

1 comment
guzmanchinky
That is a very nice looking RV. I have a 24 foot Class C on a Sprinter, but with a full wall slideout. Not sure I could get used to not having a slideout anymore, it effectively doubles the size of the RV.